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Related Regions: Colorado, United States, North America, Southwest Colorado


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  • Longest Run

    1.3 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    1650 ac

  • Snow Making

    250 ac


Purgatory is located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. About 26 miles north of the historic town of Durango, the resort is an inexpensive family destination that has gorgeous scenery combined with short lift lines and terrain options for all abilities.

Averaging 260 inches of snow a season, Purgatory Resort offers 1,605 acres of skiable terrain. The resort’s 12 lifts allow visitors to access 101 trails and 7 terrain parks.  

The resort is also close to Mesa Verde National Park, an incredible ancient city and largest archaeological preserve in the United States. The park protects nearly 5,000 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings.

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Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort Terrain

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort typically is known for being a great place for beginners and intermediates. But don’t be fooled; with seven terrain parks and multitudes of challenging mogul runs to explore, advanced skiers and riders are sure to be entertained.

Purgatory offers an impressive vertical drop of 2,028 feet situated across 1,360 acres of skiable terrain. With an annual snowfall of 260 inches, the terrain is divided into 20% beginner, 45% intermediate and 35% advanced to expert that can be accessed via 12 lifts.

From Where does the Name Purgatory Come?

The exact origin of the Purgatory name is disputed; some attribute the name to a 1776 Spanish expedition where several Spanish explorers were lost on the nearby Animas River. The bodies were never found, and the explorers named the river, “El Rio de las Animan Perdidas” or the River of Lost Souls.

Another theory is that miners who were trying to travel from Durango to Silverton would have to pay a toll to access the road. Miners who couldn’t afford the toll were stationed at area called Purgatory Flats because they were stuck in limbo between heading to Silverton or turning around and heading home.

Other Activities at Purgatory Resort

During the summer, the mountain turns into a biker’s paradise with miles of cross country and downhill riding access from uphill trails or lifts. Other actives include a mountain roller coaster and music festivals.


  • A perfect place to grab coffee and a pastry before the day starts, the Village Market & Deli is located in Kendall Building at the resort’s Village Plaza. The menu offers a variety of options from sandwiches, breakfast burritos, muffins and bagels. To ensure something for everyone, ask about the alternative menu for those with allergies. 24 Sheol Street, Durango, CO 81301


  • The Nugget Mountain Bar : This historic bar will feel like a step back into an old miner’s cabin decorated with reclaimed wood. The Nugget is a cozy, family friendly place to gather. Food is provided by Backcountry Gourmet offering a variety of sliders. 48721 North Highway 550, Durango CO, 81301


  • Located in the heart of the village at Purgatory Lodge, this mountain causal restaurant offers a modern American cuisine. Purgy’s Slopside is a perfect way to start the day on the mountain or end it. There is a full-service bar and menu that has options for all. 24 Sheol Street, Durango, CO 81301
  • The Olde Schoolhouse Café & Saloon has been serving pizza, calzones and wings in the Durango area for over 20 years! Just south of the resort, the quaint café has a pool table and full bar service. Stop on in for the best service in town and a unique experience. 46778 N Hwy. 550, Durango, CO 81301

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/21/202104/04/2021
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Purgatory Reviews

Aiden Holt
14th February 20215
Would recommend. Short lines. We had a great time I learned to ski here and picked it up in a bout an...Full review
Laurel Williams
12th January 20214
I did enjoy 2 days skiing here in January 2021. HOWEVER, SIGNAGE WAS AWFUL!!! I would study the pocket map as well...Full review
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